Domestic violence is defined in section 741.28 of the Florida Statutes as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense that results in the physical injury or death of one family or household member. Domestic violence acts as an umbrella term for these different offenses. Needless to say, it is a very serious accusation. They can be complicated, especially when coupled with the emotional aspects of the act.
Being a victim and being accused of committing this type of violence are both incredibly serious. Regardless of your situation, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney to deal with your case.
If you are a victim you can use the linked form to make a request to the court. If approved, this form, called the Petition for Injunction for Protection against Domestic Violence, will be served to the respondent ex parte. This means a temporary injunction is placed based only on the information you have given the court and can protect you before your court hearing.
Having an experienced family law attorney on your side is very important when dealing with these cases. If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence dispute, contact the Law Office of John R. Vitola today so you have experience on your side.